The Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority (CAAM) has authorized the Boeing 737 MAX for service on September 2, 2021.
Malaysian and foreign Boeing 737 MAX operators can now perform commercial operations within and outside of Malaysian airspace.
Malaysian operators will be allowed to operate the 737 MAX as long as they follow the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airworthiness Directive (AD) on the Flight Standardization Board Report (FSBR) on pilot training and other pertinent directives.
According to the CAAM’s safety regulation of September 2, 2021, international operators must verify that the “pilot training program approved by the state of the registry has the similar degree of safety as the FAA AD and FAA FSBR.”
“CAAM has been closely monitoring the approval process and the substantial effort conducted by all parties involved, particularly the Boeing Company and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” said CAAM in a safety directive released. “CAAM acknowledged the FAA’s work as the State of Design and accepted the FAA’s comprehensive return-to-service requirements for the Boeing 737 MAX.”
Following the deadly incidents of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 on October 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, 2019, Malaysian civil aviation authorities grounded the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 13, 2019.
Currently, 17 Asian countries and 176 international countries have given the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft permission to operate in their airspace.